Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Sea Salt Spray and... 'Beachy Waves'?

Unfortunately, I'm one of those girls with the poker-straight hair...I've tried everything from a perm to a curling iron. Perms never worked and its almost impossible to get a lasting curl without watching my hair sizzle from all the hairspray while its wrapped in a curling iron. My only option was scrunching, and it takes my hair 1.5 days to get it to look at least halfway decent-- and the longer it sits, the more nappy, knotty, and a bitch it is to detangle. Not to mention the damage it does in the process. I've always wanted natural looking waves and could never find a way to do it. So if you're like me and looking for the right solution, then sea salt spray is your answer...and let me tell you ladies, it works wonderfully :) I hear some companies sell it, but I've made my own thanks to Lauren and her amazing recommendation on what to put on our Home Remedies list. So here is my brand-spankin-new scrunchin' routine...

What you'll need:

A couple tablespoons of sea salt.
I use McCormick's French Grey Sea Salt but I'm sure you can use any kind.:) Exact measurements aren't needed but just be careful not to use too much because it can dry out your hair.

A spray bottle full of water. lol
Mine holds about 2 cups, it also sprays out like a water gun..if you're shopping for one, don't be like me and choose the cheapest one you find at Sally's. You'd be better off using an old bottle of some old hairspray with a twist-off cap. Plus recycling helps the environment! :) Just make sure it has a powerful mist to it instead of it shooting out like a watergun, as it gets messy and doesn't cover well.

First I'll tell you a bit about my hair. It's medium in length, layered, thick in texture but I don't have much of it and it is severely chemically damaged.
1. Now, before spraying I shake the sea salt mixture for about 30 sec, then let it sit for a minute and shake again.
2. Next, on dry hair I spray in the sea salt mixture and for every 2 sprays I'll scrunch it with my hand and I do this by placing my palm with fingers spread directly under the tip the chunk of hair, squeeze and grab, then push it up, and I do it repeatedly until it gets a wave. I usually spray from the tip to the root, also. I do this all around the head until I get an even coverage of wet hair and some slight waves.
3. If you aren't seeing that big of a difference, let your hair dry, then repeat the process again for more or bigger waves.
4. And lastly, I take the forked metal end of a teasing comb (A wide-toothed comb or pick might do the trick as well) and lightly comb through the top layers of my hair just to smooth out the nappy frizzies. 
5. After the scrunching is complete, grab your favorite hairspray (any kind will do) and set the curls so they last all day. I recommend a volumzing spray like Big Sexy. If you want more extreme curls, put in more hairspray and scrunch, scrunch, scrunch. I only use just enough to set because I prefer a more natural wave that doesn't tangle or do too much damage to my hair.

Tips: Don't blow dry or straighten your hair before scrunching. If your hair is generally straight, you'll need every last bit of wave you can get, so let it air-dry. Use very little conditioner, if any at all because to achieve a curl your hair needs to be dry and not weighed down. If your hair just reaches the shoulders in length, tilt your head to the left and scrunch with your left hand, on the left side because tilting it can make your roots more accessible to your hand, do the same with the right side of your head. (Although, they say bend forward to put your head upside down and scrunch, it seems it’s not as easy with my hair.) Remember that the shorter and more layered your hair is, the most curls and volume you get from it. This is optional, but you could try using a curl-boosting shampoo before hand, like Redken's Fresh Curls. (It smells really good and has worked wonders for my hair.)


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